Staff/Advisors

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Jimmy Brown

Director of the Center for Leadership and Involvement, Reynolds Club 205
jimbrown@uchicago.edu
T: (773) 702-3343

Jimmy earned his undergraduate degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. After a little time working at the Biosphere 2 Center, he went on to receive his Master's in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, eating, and traveling. His favorite YouTube video is the iconic Charlie Bit My Finger. He has been working at the University of Chicago since 2012.


Karen Pryor

Associate Director for Co-Curricular Advising, Reynolds Club Advising Center
kcp@uchicago.edu
T: (773)702-2202

Karen first came to the University in December 2017. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland. Karen's dinner table would include Frida Kahlo, Kurt Vonnegut, and her grandmother. Her favorite hobbies are reading, botanic gardens, traveling, and wandering Target aimlessly. Karen's favorite YouTube video is Teddy Bear the Porcupine's Halloween Feast.


Jeff Nilsen

Assistant Director, Student Involvement, Reynolds Club Advising Center
jnilsen2@uchicago.edu
T: (773) 834-3429

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Master's in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. In his free time, he enjoys theorizing about Game of Thrones. His favorite YouTube video is The West Wing first speech of the President. He has been with the University of Chicago since 2015. 


Rebecca DeRose

Student Involvement Advisor, Reynolds Club Advising Center
rderose@uchicago.edu
T: (773) 702-4547

Rebecca graduated from Cedarville University with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication and later received a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. In her free time she enjoys exploring coffee shops in Chicago, visiting her family in Buffalo, NY, and listening to audible books on her commutes.


Casey Talbot

Assistant Director, Student Leadership Development, Reynolds Club Advising Center
ctalbot@uchicago.edu
T: (773) 834-2781

Casey received her undergraduate degree in English & American Literature from NYU, and went on to Northwestern University for her Master’s in Higher Education Administration. She likes to spend her free time chipping away at her "to be read" list and planning her next trip to the UK. She joined the University of Chicago in 2017. Casey’s favorite YouTube video is Corgi Flop


Karina Pabón

Student Involvement Advisor, Reynolds Club Advising Center
kpabon@uchicago.edu
T: (773) 834-5506

Karina received her undergraduate degree at University of Central Florida, and her Master’s in student Personnel in Higher Education at University of Florida. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with friends and family. Karina joined the University in July 2019.


Melissa Roy

Assistant Director, Business Operations, Reynolds Club 004
mroy@uchicago.edu
T: (773) 834-0854

Melissa has been with the University since 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys watching or playing sports, bowling, and hanging out with her son. Her favorite Hyde Park restaurant is Noodles Etc. 


Keisha Jones

Fiscal Coordinator for Student Programs and Businesses, Reynolds Club 006
kjones21@uchicago.edu

Keisha M Jones a Chicago Native holds a AAS in Computerized Business Systems from City Colleges of Chicago. She brings 10 plus years of experience in the bookkeeping/accounting profession to the services provided to her clientele. Keisha has significant bookkeeping experience in property management, non-for-profit, construction, retail and real estate industries. She is a QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor for 2010-current, QBO Enterprise Solutions and Point of Sale. Keisha has a real passion for entrepreneurship and enjoys helping small businesses organize and understand their accounting. Her free time is dedicated to her family and friends.


Ben Fuqua

Fiscal Coordinator for Student Programs
bfuqua@uchicago.edu

Ben received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and his master’s degree in arts administration and policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In his free time, he enjoys discovering new music and exploring Chicago's coffee shops. His favorite YouTube video is I'm Not a Cat.


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